FIFA President Sepp Blatter resigns as pressure mounts

FIFA President Sepp Blatter leaves after his statement during a news conference at the FIFA headquarters
FIFA President Sepp Blatter leaves after his statement during a news conference at the FIFA headquarters
  • Blatter calls for fresh elections for Fifa president - in which he will not stand
  • Swiss says: 'My mandate does not appear to be supported by everybody.'
  • Blatter had been in charge for 17 years
  • Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke also under intense pressure
  • Evidence emerges Valcke was aware of $10m payment from South Africa to Jack Warner
  • Payment described as a 'bribe' by US investigators and central to ongoing investigation
  • US department of justice has indicted 18 people, including 13 Fifa executives
  • Sepp Blatter re-elected for fifth term as president only last week
  • Uefa have been putting pressure on Blatter to resign - considering 'alternative World Cup' in place of Russia 2018

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has announced he is standing down  amid the corruption saga at the top of world football.

Just days after he was voted in for his fifth term as Fifa president, Blatter, 79, has called for a congress to be called as quickly as possible so his successor can be found.

RELATED: Sepp Blatter wins FIFA election despite arrests

At a surprise press conference called in Zurich, Blatter told reporters:

"Fifa's interest are dear to me. That's why I have taken this decision. What counts most for me, is the institution of Fifa and football around the world.

"I will organise extraordinary congress for a replacement for me as president. I will not stand. I am now free from the constraints of an election.

"I will be in a position to focus on profound reforms. For many years we have called for reforms. But these are not sufficient."

He added that Fifa must introduce a limitation on mandates and terms of office.

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